The SURP Program Office
The SURP Program Office was established to encourage and support all facets of the relationship between JPL and its strategic university partners. If you have an idea for collaboration, want to explore how you can work more closely with JPL, need some clarity on JPL's organization - or have any other questions - then the SURP program wants to hear from you. Call or email the SURP Program Manager, Neil Murphy - 818 354 8718 or the Associate SURP Program Manager, Jordana Blacksberg – 626 390 9121.
JPL is proud of its long record of mutually beneficial partnerships with universities and continually seeks to work with faculty and the next generation of scientists and engineers to ensure JPL and its partners’ continuing successful contribution to NASA's missions. To this end, JPL provides resources via several programs to support and cultivate collaborations. JPL also supports a wide variety of student, faculty, and post-doctoral programs. The key JPL opportunities and offices relevant to our strategic university partners are summarized below.
SURP Program research awards http://surp.jpl.nasa.gov
To seed new collaborative research with our strategic partners, the SURP Program funds research activities that are selected via an annual call for proposals. Two types of award are available: Research Initiatives provide $100k for one year, to support collaborations between JPL researchers and university researchers and students, while Student Research Initiatives provide $25k/year for up to three years, and are targeted at undergraduate or graduate student group research projects, or focused research tasks for individual graduate students.
Research and Technology Development Program http://rtd.jpl.nasa.gov(site available on JPL network only)
The Research and Technology Development (R&TD) program’s purpose is to enhance JPL's ability to address future missions and objectives and to propel JPL into new research leadership roles. The program supports research in areas consistent with JPL's strategic direction and long-term vision, and is open to collaborative proposals.
The Center for Academic Partnerships http://cap.jpl.nasa.gov(site available on JPL network only)
Collaborative proposals typically originate from grass-roots discussions and individual contacts. But how do you initiative such a relationship without some knowledge of an organization and the individuals within? The Center for Academic Partnerships (CAP) aims to catalyze grass-roots research partnerships between JPL and the academic community. To this end, CAP supports, among other activities, visits by faculty and students to JPL (and vice versa) for the purpose of stimulating future collaborations. For more information, please contact Cinzia Zuffada.
Student and Faculty Programs
JPL supports a very wide range of student programs from K-12 through higher education. You are invited to explore JPL's Education Gateway to learn about the numerous undergraduate, graduate, and faculty programs that are offered.
Postdoctoral Programs http://postdocs.jpl.nasa.gov
At any given time there are more than 100 postdocs at JPL engaged in science and engineering for two to three years before accepting permanent positions elsewhere or at JPL. Please visit the Postdoctoral Programs website for information about the many available postdoctoral program.
Help is on the Way!
Already an academic affiliate or planning a visit to JPL? Baffled by our processes or left in limbo by a badging glitch? The Office of University Research Affairs has established an Academic Liaison position to help you navigate JPL and resolve the barriers to a fruitful visit. Please do not hesitate to contact Albert Magallanes (818-354-6835 office, 818-395-5819 mobile) for assistance with your issue. No problem is too big or too small.